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>> welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy. here are the stories we're following. the train in new york city, killing four people. is something else ailing obamacare? taxing online sales. the supreme court has its say. federal investigators are now looking at the black boxes of a train that derailed in new york city on sunday. they want to know what caused the train to jump the tracks,
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killing four people and injuring dozens more. crews cleared the tracks so service could resume on one of the busiest train lines. jonathan, good afternoon. how are the cleanup efforts going right now? >> well, stephanie, i would say crews are on the final stretches of work, at least here on the scene they brought on a out a cadaver dog. they uprighted most of the cars at this point. this is the final car. if you can see through the bushes here you'll see that final car there. they were just able to upright with these large cranes that they've been using and they've been hauling the other cars away. in fact the one you've been looking at, the earlier video, this is the car that was just inches from the water, where near where the hudson and harl
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rivers meet. that fourth person found inside the car. they were able to upright the cars. there were seven of them total and 150 people aboard as we've been reporting when this train was en route to grand central station. crews have finished their work in terms of getting them upright and moving them away, still not clear when service will be restored. there's still lots of working to do and an investigation that could take another seven to ten days. >> jonathan what admonish could you tell us -- what more could you tell us about the injured people? >> well as we mentioned in addition to those four deceased people 60 people, at least 60 people were hurt. several of them critically. seven people are in intensive care. just a little bit ago, we heard from sum of the doctors at st. barn bas hospital. >> two were discharged
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yesterday, one by their own request was transferred to another hospital where she actually works. the other nine patients are still here. three have undergone surgery. since yesterday. seven are in intensive care unit beds. the other two are on general medical floors and people are being reassessed this morning. i think there will be at least a few patients will be ready to be discharged later today. >> again, so the next step in this investigation or at least the next time we expect to get more information is at 4:00 when there will be a news conference from the ntsb. we should learn more about those black box recorders in figuring out what may have caused this deadly accident. back to you. >> jonathan martin reporting in the bronx. rerouting thousands of passengers is not an easy thing,
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but over 280,000 people use the system every day. the train was heading to grand central station and that's where al jazeera jennifer glasse has been tracking. what alternatives are there for commuters? >> good afternoon, stephanie, that's right, a very difficult rush hour for the 26,000 commuters who usually come into grand central terminal on that hudson line which is not running. they face a complicated lengthy transport into the city, they have to get on a train, a shuttle bus, and a number of transports, metro north's worst accident in its 24 year history. many commuters are facing commutes that are taking a lot longer. >> i was headed to hastings on the hudson, because of the
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derailment, it is what do they call it, not bypass but a detour ahead. >> how long will it normally take you and -- >> about 20 minutes and now probably about an hour and a half. >> and that misery is expected to continue for self days. we talked to the -- several days. we talked to the mta and they said they are waiting to get the train out of the area, they also have to fix 800 feet of track before they can get that hudson line going again. they expect it will take until mid to the end of the week if it happens that quickly. meantime, 20,000 why commuters will face a very difficult journey. stephanie. >> thank you jennifer. al jazeera's lisa stark is in washington with that side of the story, lisa good afternoon. what is the latest on the investigation? >> well, stephanie we are
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expecting some new information in a few short hours before the ntsb has released the press again. that work is continuing on the scene but also right here in washington, d.c, at the ntsb lab. they have the two data recorders from the train in the lab. the are trying to download to see what it may reveal. they want to know how fast was that train going and did the operator try oapply the brakes and if so, when. the operator has reportedly said he did try to engage the brakes and they did not work. the event recorder should tell them if that was the case. they will interview the trainer operator to find out exactly what was going on in the moments before that derailment. the ntsb is also going to be looking back at the last 4248, 72 hours before this accident. what was going on with the crew at that time? especially what was their sleep
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patterns? you may remember when this train left poukeepsie very early in the morning, fatigue had to be one of the causes that the ntsb will be looking at. before they can narrow this down. hopefully, we will get much more information in just a few short hours. stephanie. >> i have taken these trains myself and there are no seat belts, the accidents are relatively rare. what can you tell us about how safe it is when you're in a passenger car and the train does derail? do you have any protection? >> as you mentioned there are no seat belts in these trains but the trains are designed especially the newer trains are designed to have crumple zones in a way, to absorb all of the energy or most of the energy so the people inside are protected, that's the latest train design. we should mention though the
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cars that were involved in this particular accident were older rail cars. metro north is in the middle of replacing all of its cars with newer ones. they had not yet been replaced on this train so niece cars may not have offered as much protection as the newer cars would have. that is certainly something the ntsb will be looking at. >> lisa stark thank you. >> thank you. >> in other news, the obama administration says the health insurance website has vastly improved. the administration has spent two months fixing the glitches in the health care reform law. mike viqueria, are all the problems fixed? >> well, not all the problems are fixed but the white house spokesman just moments ago jay carney speaking for the president believes that the website has significantly improved and they have met their threshold for the vast majority
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of citizens who sign on. 90% will have a successful experience and will be able to enroll through the website. night and day is how the top official that the president put in charge of having this website up and functioning by november 30th, last saturday, says the difference is between october 1st, and the end of november. the problem is, that it's two months, two months that were virtually lost where people could not enroll on the website and now it's crunch time. some of the other metrics they put out, the error rate is less than 1%, when earlier i.t. was 6%, other websites is 1/10 of 1%, or more than that. 80,000 a day, stephanie i myself got on the website a couple of times today with really a short wait. it depends on what you're in.
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the, in virginia, they rely on the federal government there's a short wait. in maryland where they have their own website, where i live i still couldn't get on again that's a state run website. 90% functionality they say that they have. it's really all anecdotal at this point. the white house, the administration is making claims you better believe that the opponents, namely republicans and others are going to be scouring the country side who are still having problems. meanwhile the administration will be touting all the successes. december 23rd, if you don't sign up by then, you will not be insured by the first of the year. >> how many problems have come from user inexperience as opposed to functions on the back end? >> two problems have been looming, number one, security on the website, a lot of personal information that is inputted by would be users.
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a lot of experts say that that's not secure. that information. and the second question is one that's emerging now as a larger concern, so-called back end users, that would be the insurers, are not getting the right information. even if an individual gets on the website and thinks they're successful in enrolling on insurance, we are finderring out that insurers don't have information, in one key respect, what kind of tax subsidy, what they will be eligible for and obviously that is a big variable for people stephanie. >> all right, we'll have to see if the administration was able to tackle those complications, mike viqueria, live from washington, d.c, thank you. judge is scheduled to announce his decision on tuesday over detroit's bankruptcy. or set off a financial free for all that could add to the city's
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problems. in july detroit became the largest u.s. city ever to file for bankruptcy. vice president joe biden has begun a week long tour of asia. biden arrived in japan a few hours ago. biden is expected to push for a transpacific trade agreement when he meets with japanese leaders. he will also be trying to defuse tensions between japan and china, biden will also visit china and south korea. eanlt -- antigovernment demonstrations have taken a violent turn. the prime minister says she cannot accept the demands of the protestors. wayne hay reports from bangkok. a battle front is being waged on two fronts. antigovernment protestors,
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bangkok metropolitan police. a rubbish truck was used to break through a coffin create barrier, it and its up occupants were forced into a quik retreat. some are willing to go to extremes to achieve their goal. they want the government and the priessmentprime minister gone. the prime minister said she's willing to do anything to end the crisis but the idea of an unelected people's council running the country is unacceptable. >> last night we found out he wasn't interested in the resignation of the prime minister nor does he want to dissolving the parliament. he wants to return the power of the government to the people. it doesn't mean we say no but this negotiation we don't know how to make it happen.
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>> in the meantime the immediate aims of those fighting here are far clearer and more specific. it is not a crowd dispersal operation. it is a case of the protestors using whatever and doing whatever possible to push inside that area and the police are holding their lines. as well as tear gas, rubber bullets and water ca cannon lace are used. showing no signs of giving up, but the assault seems to be making little hea headway. wayne hay, al jazeera, bangkok. >> three people were killed in bangkok over the weekend and does others injured in the protest. a similar situation in ukraine where thousands of antigovernment protests enter a
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second week. demonstrators are camped out in kiev, blocking the main square, that is a live picture, the president's refusal to sign trade agreements with the local unions. david slater reports. making slur the police barriers that are used to keep them out of the square are now used by them to keep the police out. all the government buildings in kiev are also being blockaded by them while the president talks to his advisors to retreat outside kiev. there has been one development here at the initiative of the parliamentary speaker, there were round table talks between the government and the opposition leaders. the only thing that came out of that was a demand by the opposition that the parliament should dissolve the parliament by tomorrow.
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that is not likely to happen because the president has got the majority in that parliament. the standoff is very much continuing. the news on the nationwide general strike that's being called. three areas in the west of the country, the west of ukraine right on the border with europe have actually come out in response to that call and we expect more regions to join them as the day continues and as the week continues. >> calling these the largest demonstrations since the orange revolution. that was david chater reporting from the ukraine. fighting online sale taxes. the -- sales taxes. the big blow by the supreme court.
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>> the horror that followed hurricane katrina is being relift in court. david warren is charged with shooting a man to death. al jazeera's ben lemoine joins us, how is this different than the first? >> major difference, in the first trial there were three defendants in the case, and the reason for this, there were three officers involved in this. but with all that testimony, an appellate court decided last year that that had to be tossed out, there was essentially
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inadmissible evidence. these three officers were sort of implied to be in the cover up as opposed to officer david warren who is accused of shooting glover. the family's got to go through all that evidence, sit through trial, all over again. >> the first time, i don't know how we made it through that. i don't. i really don't. you know. i mean we saw graphic pictures, of henry in the car. blood, zed and everything else, so i don't know how we're going to deal with this, this time, to relive this all over again. i really don't. all i'm doing is praying and asking my god to strengthen us. >> tough situation as you might imagine for the family and of course the community here in new orleans. jury selection expected to be about two days. >> and then it does seem like this trial is reopening old
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wounds. not just for philosopher's family but for -- glover's glovs family but for others who felt they had went pass this. >> it was certainly a long trial and you can imagine these gape l wounds, certainly after hurricane katrina. now they know that this is sort of a scab that's being peeled back. the family, the community having to kind of relive this, you're right. >> not knowing what the outcome will be. ben lemoine in new orleans. thank you. it's been a seesaw day on wall street. right now, the do you trading down about 41 points. the blue chips had been hovering around the break-even point much of the afternoon, as you can see before losing ground.
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the dow near the record high i.t. set on wednesday. the supreme court will not decide, justices refusing to take on the case brought by and against new york, the decision means that states can still cause online retailers to charge sales tax where the exaggerations have a presence. black friday, 15% higher hitting 1.2 billion. the two day increase was 17% compared to last year. if you are looking for a partridge in a pear tree, it will cost you $117,000. , almost 7% higher than last
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year. nine ladies dancing, if 15% more. you get a break at the five gold rings and two turtledoves, they're the same as last year. clowns put on a show for children in a syrian refugee camp.
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power of the people until we restore our freedoms a
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. here are the headlines. as crews continue to clean up the scene of the metro train derailment, authorities are checking into what happened. the obama administration says it has met its deadline to overhaul the website. according to the administration the site now works for 90% of the people who log in but a work
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in progress. a new trial is underway for former new orleans police officer david warren. hhis 2010 conviction was considered a milestone in efforts to clean up the city's troubled police department. a group of scientists is using 21st century technology to map rome's ancient aqueducts. al jazeera's claudia lavonga gives us an inside look. >> a downward spiral into ancient rome where history meets technology. this group of archaeologists is busy mapping aqueducts built during ancient times. using 3d scanners, and laser beams, they hope to are open up
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sphwhrshes. >> the exactpathy of many aqueducts is not known. this ancient romans wanted to protect their waterways, by building these underground, preventing enemies from cutting their water supply. >> water in the aqua vigo still flows niezly near the spanish steps. supply ancient rome with water, source 20 kilometers away. more than 2,000 years later it's still in use and yet it's path and structure remain a bit of a mystery. this is where the water flows into some of rome's most famous fountains. a celebration of the abundance of water that allowed imperial rome to prosper and conquer the world. a few miles from the center of
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rome, the aqueduct still stands, this was one of the ak we deducts mapped by british archaeologist, who drew the only map in the 1920s. a starting point for today's archaeologists. >> translator: traveled all over, asks locals and farmers for signs of the aqueducts. we're now continuing his work with help of modern technology to track back 2,000 years of history. >> the history that still runs through the back bones of the roman empire. al jazeera, rome. >> i'm meteorologist dave warren. southern plains, oklahoma city, dense fog there this morning, that has improved. this is not.
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this is lookout pass just under 5,000 feet elevation between montana and idaho along interstate 90, snow covered there and more snow continues to come down. this is a storm that will really impact the weather across the nation this coming week. right now it's dumping a lot of snow in western montana, idaho seeing a mix of rain and snow, cold air is approaching from the north. you can see these temperatures dropping along the eastern side of the rockies, the cold air can't quite make it into western montana, meeting the warm air coming up from the south, that's the energy the storm will tap into and really bring in more cold air and warm air to the east. right now as it happens we're seeing this snow and rain as the front moves south through idaho then into nevada and utah. there's snow that continues to come down in eastern montana. one to two feet in the mountains expected with this. the wind will pick up tomorrow
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and wednesday. we could see wind chills in eastern montana and north dakota to 40 below, at least, as the cold air moves south. now there will be some rain developing as the cold air moves into the warm air which is coming up across texas and oklahoma but that's late middle to the end of the week. cold air is in the western side of the state or country. mid atlantic part of the country, seeing temperatures climb, but more warm moist air into texas and oklahoma, we are seeing freezing rain into oklahoma by wednesday. stephanie. >> dave, thank you. comedic relief, for children at the zatari refugee camp in jordan. affiliated with the group clowns without borders. 40% of the more than 120,000
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people living in the camp are children. thanks for watching al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy, techknow is next. . hello and welcome. i'm phil torres, we'll talk about innovations that will change laughs. we'll look at hardware. this is a show about science by scin histories. kyle hill is an engineer, and he's investigating head-to-head combat and cutting edge technology that can help to detect a concussion before it's too late. >> lindsay moran is an ex-c.i.a. operative. she was packaging that can one day replace


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